Saturday, May 5, 2012

Triangle Loom

Whew! I'm on creative overload living up here where I do...... So....... I built a new loom. She is an 8ft at the hypotenuse. I hated geometry, I still do but it is handy for building Triangle Looms. This is my biggest loom to date. I have a love of primitive weaving techniques and a Tri Loom definitely falls into that category. So with a few feet of 1"X 2" red oak, 690 finish nails, my little drill press, wood glue and a hammer I have a new loom to weave beautiful shawls on. YAY!!!! Here I am putting in the nails with my little helper..Vernon!
It took a few days to build, first cutting the lengths just right.... Then marking all of the nail positions. You have to have the same amount of nails on all three sides. Marking the long end is easy but the spacing is different on the short sides, so it's mark, erase, mark, fiddle around with the spacing, mark on and on. Then pre-drilling all of those holes!!! My advice, use a drill press if you have one.... You will burn out your little hand drill or possibly your hand if you don't! Next dip your nails in glue and tap them in. Word of caution, you have to pre drill if you don't the wood will split and the nails will bend. Last put the whole thing together. I used screws and glue I won't be taking this apart. I know there are adjustable ones out there but really for my purposes I just want to make nice big shawls so an adjustable one would be overkill for me plus I have a spot to store it. So next on the list was to try it out :) FUN FUN FUN!!!!! It makes good use of some extra yarn I had laying about. It will take 400 to 500 yards of yarn. I have some black alpaca, light teal bamboo/wool blend and some lambs wool in a deeper teal. Now we will see how long it takes me to make a shawl....Tri Loom weaving is like playing a harp the way you pick up the threads it's very relaxing, so the music is playing and off I go!
Oh one last thing..... It's kind of strange weaving without a shuttle, beater or sticks. These are made with one continuous thread all put into place with your fingers.... You change colors with a Russian join......there is always something new to learn :)

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like fun...I think I will wait on one though. With all the other weaving and spinning you have inspired me to, I have quite enough skills to hone right now.

    I am thinking of getting a couple of angora rabbits :-)

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  2. You AMAZE me. This type of loom sounds very fun. To make Shawls would be the greatest to me, I love shawls. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

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